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Column Capital

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

It is probable that these four examples of Christian art were made for religious buildings rather than tombs. The capital, which would have decorated the top of a small column, has slots to hold the walls of a chapel. The bust of an unnamed saint, shown blessing his viewers, may represent the patron saint of a church or monastery. The pair of reliefs shows saints who are little known today. St. Sissinios is apparently shown killing his sister, whose daughter had been taken over by the devil. St. Thekla, who was converted to Christianity by St. Paul, is being martyred by two crudely rendered lions.
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Reportedly From: Bawit, Egypt
  • DATES 6th century C.E.
    PERIOD Late Antique Period
    DIMENSIONS 11 5/16 x 20 7/8 x 21 7/8 in. (28.7 x 53 x 55.5 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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